The Alphabet Soup of Sex-Addict Recovery Groups

 

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Do you need help finding a support group but are confused with all of the letters? No worries, we are here to spell it out for you.

Meetings for those struggling with sexual addiction:

SA = Sexaholics Anonymous (Men and Women, some groups may be designated as only men or only women). Sobriety in SA is defined as sex only with spouse (no sex with self or others) and “progressive victory over lust.”  Worldwide in-person meetings are available, as are phone and online meetings.  Visit https://www.sa.org to find information on whom to contact for local meeting info.  Those in Utah may also find http://www.sautah.org/Meetings/ and http://www.sa4lds.com/meetings/ helpful when looking for meetings.

SAL = SA Lifeline’s groups (MEN ONLY, click on “For Him”) — SAL uses the SA material with slight additions/alterations. In-person meetings in several western states, they also have online meetings available.

HtC = Healing through Christ Foundation is also working on a LDS 12 step recovery workbook for addicts: (http://www.healingthroughchrist.org/recovery-workbook/). It is in the process of being written right now and is in a pilot program.  If you are interested in participating in pilot meetings for those in addiction, contact HtC to get info re: options for in-person meetings in Orem, Utah and possible call-in options for those who live elsewhere.  Meetings for men and women with addiction are available.  HtC foundation is in need of further charitable contributions to be able to finish this workbook and make it available to the public.  Please consider donating to this wonderful organization to further their amazing mission.

ARP/PASG = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 12 step Addiction Recovery Program (ARP)/Pornography Addiction Support Group (PASG). Pornography addiction groups (PASG) are separated by gender (men’s groups and women’s groups). General addiction (ARP) groups are usually for both men and women. We encourage those suffering from addiction to consider visiting both kinds of groups.  Visit https://addictionrecovery.lds.org/find-a-meeting?lang=eng to find all meetings available.

Heart t’ Heart = An LDS 12 step organization to help those in addiction or those with compulsive behaviors and their loved ones. Online, phone, and in-person meetings are available for both men and women.

LifeStar: For-pay, group-based addiction recovery program that many have found helpful. They have programs around the United States in many different states.

We do not recommend the following two groups since there is no agreed-upon definition of sobriety (e.g., someone could decide that porn and masturbation are fine, but adultery or sex with prostitutes isn’t), but since some wonder about them and how they differ from SA, we’re listing them here for informational purposes only. SAA = Sex Addicts Anonymous (Men and Women) – https://saa-recovery.org/ and SLAA = Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous – We are not as familiar with this group, but it appears that each individual member defines their own sobriety as in SAA. Get more information at https://slaafws.org

Meetings for loved ones of those struggling with addiction

Note: If you are an adult child or a parent of someone who has struggled with sexual addiction, these resources can also help you!

S-Anon = 12 step program for loved ones who have someone in sexual addiction in their lives (Men and Women, some groups may be designated as only men or only women) — Worldwide in person meetings are available, as are phone and online meetings.  Visit http://www.sanon.org to find information on who to contact for meeting info.

SAL = SA Lifeline’s groups (WOMEN ONLY — click on “For Her” to see betrayal trauma groups) — they use the S-Anon material with slight additions/alterations (using a more religious lens). They have in-person meetings in several western states, and they also hold online meetings.

HtC = Healing through Christ Foundation has an amazing, free LDS/Christian-based 12 step family support workbook for loved ones of those in addiction (http://www.healingthroughchrist.org/family-support-workbook/).  The meetings use this free workbook as the text.  You can download the workbook for free, or purchase a hard copy on eBay. This workbook is an excellent resource for not only healing, but for for family members, leaders, and loved ones who want to understand more how to respond in a healthy way to an addict’s behaviors and provide appropriate support. Here’s a list of the family support meetings, which are all phone/online: http://www.healingthroughchrist.org/support-meetings/ Healing through Christ also has family support in-person meetings in Utah County and Salt Lake County. For more info on meeting locations and times or how to participate, contact them through their website.  At this time the meetings seem to be for women only, but we would suggest contacting HtC to confirm this if needed.

LDS spouse and family support meetings (Men and Women, some groups may be designated as only men or only women). In person and phone meetings available.  Visit https://addictionrecovery.lds.org/find-a-meeting?lang=eng to find all meetings available.  Curriculum is based on “12 principles” not related to the 12 steps.

LifeStar: For-pay, group-based addiction recovery program that many have found helpful. They have programs around the United States.

Heart t’ Heart = An LDS 12 step organization to help those in addiction or those with compulsive behaviors and their loved ones.  Online, phone, and in-person meetings are available.  http://heart-t-heart.org/find-a-meeting/  (We are unsure if any of the meetings are specifically dedicated for loved ones to attend, but they do have literature (From Heartache To Healing, book written by Colleen and Phil Harrison based on their own personal experience) that deals directly with this subject. We would encourage you to contact the organization directly if you would like to know more http://heart-t-heart.org/contact-us/

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